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I try to include a vegetable with every dinner. It’s a healthy practice and a yummy addition with these flavorful vegetable side dishes!

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We Love to Add Veggies!

Get your kids to eat their veggies!! When seasoned and cooked properly, veggies are a much more appealing side dish, and easy to eat—especially for the littles.

  • Healthy. We all know veggies are a great way to get a well-rounded meal full of healthy nutrients and are often a low-carb side dish.
  • Flavorful. With so many veggies to choose from, depending on the season, you have a cornucopia of flavors at your fingertips!
  • Quick. Veggies cook up in a flash making them a quick and easy side to pair with any main dish.

Some Favorite Seasonings

Oregano, cloves, basil, parsley, thyme, tarragon, cinnamon, cumin, dill, garlic, nutmeg, and curry are among our favorites. Add citrus juice for a bright flavor. 

Raw broccoli florets in a white bowl.

Get Kids to Eat Veggies! 

Kids aren’t always excited to eat vegetable side dish recipes, but these tips may help:

  • Teach them. Help them understand why vitamins are important for our bodies, and how eating vegetables is healthy.
  • Don’t give up! It can take serving a veggie up to 10 times before a child will eat it without fuss, and maybe even like it. Taste buds also change, so if a child still won’t eat it, try again months or even years later. 
  • Change the way it’s prepared. I have a child who will eat raw broccoli, but not cooked.  
  • Be a good example by eating your own veggies, and not being too vocal about vegetables that you don’t like.
  • Let them help. When you let them help prepare the food, they are more likely to be willing to eat it.
  • Make veggies fun. Celery by itself, no way! Add peanut butter and raisins, call it “Ants on a Log”, and it gets eaten. 
Honey glazed carrots in a white serving dish.

Ways to Cook and Eat Vegetables

Here are some of the most common:

  • Raw. The healthiest, quickest, and easiest way to eat vegetables is raw. Think veggie trays with dip or a salad
  • Steaming. Great for tender vegetables, but can work for any kind.
  • Boiling. Place veggies directly into boiling water, along with a bit of salt for flavor.
  • Blanching. Boil the vegetables until tender, then immediately run cold water over them, to keep them from cooking further. 
  • Sautéing. Heat a pan of oil and cook veggies until crisp and tender.
  • Stir fry. Many people use this term interchangeably with sautéing, but there is a difference. The ingredients are the same, but you use HIGH heat to cook the vegetables much faster.
  • Frying. Definitely delicious, but the least healthy way to cook veggies. Airfry for a healthier option.
  • Roasting. Cook in the oven to bring out delicious caramelized flavors in vegetables.
  • Grilling. Cut vegetables so they are large enough that they won’t fall through the grill grates or cook in a basket.
  • Casserole. Bake times vary depending on the size and other ingredients included in the dish. 

Favorite Veggie Sides

These delicious veggie side dishes are some of our favorites. Enjoy them all!

1 Roasted Brussel Sprouts Recipe

Side Dish Roasted Brussel Sprouts Recipe
Total Time: 40 minutes

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5 from 204 votes
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2 Funeral Potatoes Recipe

Side Dish Funeral Potatoes Recipe
Total Time: 1 hour

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5 from 1262 votes
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3 Brown Sugar Glazed Carrots

Side Dish Brown Sugar Glazed Carrots
Total Time: 20 minutes

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5 from 1517 votes
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4 How to Boil Corn on the Cob Recipe

Side Dish How to Boil Corn on the Cob Recipe
Total Time: 15 minutes

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5 from 10 votes
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5 Best Mashed Potatoes Recipe

Side Dish Best Mashed Potatoes Recipe
Total Time: 55 minutes

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5 from 117 votes
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6 Roasted Sweet Potato Cubes Recipe

Side Dish Roasted Sweet Potato Cubes Recipe
Total Time: 30 minutes

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4.97 from 128 votes
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7 Green Bean Casserole Recipe

Side Dish Green Bean Casserole Recipe
Total Time: 30 minutes

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5 from 96 votes
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8 Roasted Red Potatoes Recipe

Side Dish Roasted Red Potatoes Recipe
Total Time: 35 minutes

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5 from 90 votes
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9 Creamed Corn Recipe

Side Dish Creamed Corn Recipe
Total Time: 20 minutes

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5 from 128 votes
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10 Oven Roasted Vegetables Recipe

Side Dish Oven Roasted Vegetables Recipe
Total Time: 35 minutes

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4.97 from 30 votes
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Easy Vegetable Side Dishes

Ready in 30 minutes or less, any of these make a perfect side dish! This collection is simple but still packed with flavor. You can’t go wrong with any one of these!

11 Jiffy Corn Casserole Recipe

Side Dish Jiffy Corn Casserole Recipe
Total Time: 1 hour

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5 from 96 votes
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12 Microwave Corn

Side Dish Microwave Corn
Total Time: 10 minutes

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5 from 41 votes
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13 Corn Casserole Recipe

Side Dish Corn Casserole Recipe
Total Time: 50 minutes

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5 from 2 votes
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14 Honey Glazed Carrots Recipe

Side Dish Honey Glazed Carrots Recipe
Total Time: 15 minutes

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5 from 15 votes
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15 Roasted Cauliflower Recipe

Side Dish Roasted Cauliflower Recipe
Total Time: 25 minutes
5 from 5 votes
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16 Crockpot Green Beans Recipe

Side Dish Crockpot Green Beans Recipe
Total Time: 2 hours 5 minutes
4.92 from 12 votes
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17 Parmesan Potatoes Recipe

Side Dish Parmesan Potatoes Recipe
Total Time: 30 minutes
4.91 from 11 votes
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18 Twice Baked Potatoes

Side Dish Twice Baked Potatoes
Total Time: 1 hour 40 minutes

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5 from 11 votes
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19 Cheesy Hashbrown Casserole Recipe

Side Dish Cheesy Hashbrown Casserole Recipe
Total Time: 48 minutes

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4.99 from 116 votes
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20 Crock Pot Scalloped Potatoes Recipe

Side Dish Crock Pot Scalloped Potatoes Recipe
Total Time: 4 hours 15 minutes

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5 from 181 votes
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21 Candied Sweet Potatoes Recipe

Side Dish Candied Sweet Potatoes Recipe
Total Time: 18 minutes

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5 from 20 votes
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22 Slow Cooker Creamed Corn Recipe

Side Dish Slow Cooker Creamed Corn Recipe
Total Time: 2 hours 10 minutes
5 from 19 votes
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23 Crock Pot Mashed Potatoes

Side Dish Crock Pot Mashed Potatoes
Total Time: 4 hours 15 minutes

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5 from 17 votes
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24 Herb Roasted Potatoes Recipe

Side Dish Herb Roasted Potatoes Recipe
Total Time: 30 minutes
4.93 from 14 votes
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25 Crockpot Hashbrown Casserole Recipe

Breakfast Crockpot Hashbrown Casserole Recipe
Total Time: 3 hours 10 minutes

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4.94 from 48 votes
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Green Vegetable Side Dishes

Get your greens with these veggie sides. They are flavorful and Green Giant approved!

26 Roasted Broccoli Recipe

Side Dish Roasted Broccoli Recipe
Total Time: 25 minutes
5 from 16 votes
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27 Asparagus Bundles Recipe

Side Dish Asparagus Bundles Recipe
Total Time: 25 minutes

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5 from 18 votes
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28 Asparagus Roll Ups

Appetizer, Side Dish Asparagus Roll Ups
Total Time: 20 minutes

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4.92 from 34 votes
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29 Baked Parmesan Asparagus Recipe

Side Dish Baked Parmesan Asparagus Recipe
Total Time: 25 minutes
5 from 4 votes
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30 Roasted Green Beans Recipe

Side Dish Roasted Green Beans Recipe
Total Time: 17 minutes
5 from 13 votes
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31 Green Bean Bundles Recipe

Side Dish Green Bean Bundles Recipe
Total Time: 30 minutes

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5 from 19 votes
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32 Zucchini Fries Recipe

Side Dish Zucchini Fries Recipe
Total Time: 30 minutes

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5 from 28 votes
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33 Parmesan Crusted Zucchini Recipe

Appetizer, Side Dish Parmesan Crusted Zucchini Recipe
Total Time: 16 minutes

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4.95 from 18 votes
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34 Sauteed Green Beans Recipe

Side Dish Sauteed Green Beans Recipe
Total Time: 12 minutes

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5 from 2 votes
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35 Grilled Asparagus

Side Dish Grilled Asparagus
Total Time: 8 minutes
5 from 10 votes
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Get Your Veggies!

Vegetables definitely don’t have to be a boring side with this list of tasty recipes – you’re sure to get lots of rave reviews no matter which delicious side dishes you choose!

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3 Comments

  1. sue says:

    I’ve made the air fryer zucchini and pan fried zucchini. I always use your recipe for roasted cauliflower and I made brussel sprouts for the first time using your roasted recipe. So far so good and i’m looking forward to making more..

  2. Olivia says:

    No meal is complete without a side dish. One of our favorite is the deep fried zucchini. Thank you for the selection. It will be fun trying your recipes!

  3. Joy says:

    You have so many delicious side dish recipes! We use your asparagus recipes all the time & My husband loves your brussels sprouts!!